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Coastal Connecticut In April

I don’t know does it get any better than this?

A warm April day with a slight breeze blowing on the water. I thought I’d share it with you.

This happens to be Madison, Connecticut. On a clear day you can see Long Island from here. It’s a town of about 18,000. It’s located right on Long Island Sound. I rather think of it as Mayberry by the sea, (a reference to the Andy Griffith Show). Like any town it has its characters. But like all 169 towns in Connecticut, when help is needed this state’s towns come together pronto and get to work. I’ve seen it time and time again as a reporter. It’s that New England thing, that is just amazing.

On this day, I drove down to the water to see what the winter left behind. First of all I saw two gals in lawn chairs in the sand having a conversation and soaking up some of Mother Nature’s first rays of warmth. That means it’s officially almost summer. The shells, of which there are not a lot of variety along coastal Connecticut, were cluttered about where a wave had left them.

The reeds along the sand still look like winter, the greeness hasn’t yet returned. On a home nearby, an American flag was flapping in the wind. I worry these days about America, seems like in many ways we’re losing our way, we need to get back on track and help each other come out of this dark economy cloud. That’s something New Englanders should be good at…we’ve been around long enough to see a lot of ups and downs

And a quintessential New England house of worship, Madison’s  First Congregational Church. She’s a beauty, up on a hill on the town green.


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  1. DorisC
    Posted April 12, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    I love the beach. When I was girl my mom used to rent a house in Pine Orchard (Branford) for us kids to get away after dad died…then she did it each year until she passed when I was 18. I fell in love with the beach, the smells the ocean. About 20 years ago I landed in Old Saybrook and I fell in love, with the town, the beaches, the shops and the people. Nothing better than a CT shoreline town in my book!

    • Annie Mame
      Posted April 12, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

      Doris, raising my three daughters near the water has been so much fun, we’d all love a little bungalow on the water some day..

  2. Posted April 12, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    Your photos are wonderful and capture the beauty of the shoreline.

    You are right about New Englanders being strong and supporting each other. I haven’t lived any place else, but I imagine that it can be the same thing in other places as well.

  3. Valerie Morrell
    Posted April 12, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, beautiful post. I could never live anywhere else but New England. Visit, yes, but this is my home.

  4. Posted April 14, 2010 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    Was thinking recently, in fact just a couple days ago as I was strolling the sidewalk downtown how much I love being in Madison. This is by far the longest I’ve lived in one town my entire life. Growing up I moved about every three years.

    Having been in Madison now since 1978 I finally have deep roots in a community. One of the best things I’ve found about living somewhere and working in the same town where I live, is that I bet I know about 70% of the people that live in Madison. Can’t really go anywhere w/o running into someone I know. Being a social person I really enjoy walking down the street and having someone stop and say hello.

    I joke all the time that I certainly wouldn’t make it as a criminal in this town. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.